Winter Storm Nika: Snow to Ice Plains, Great Lakes, Northeast US

January 31, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Winter Storm Nika, as it has been called, is slated to bring snow to the northern Plains region, the Great Lakes region, and will later move east to the Northeastern U.S.

According to the Weather Channel, which named the storm Nika, the storm will cause disruptions from the Rocky Mountain region to the Great Lakes and Northeast from Monday until Wednesday.

It will bring snow and ice across much of the U.S., the channel said.

“Nika will then intercept increasing amounts of moisture as it ejects into the Plains Monday night through Tuesday, leading to the development of widespread wintry weather,” reads a post on Weather.com. “The most significant swath of snow on Tuesday will likely spread from the Front Range of Colorado to northwest Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, northern Missouri and into portions of the Great Lakes region.”

On Tuesday, Omaha, Neb.; Wichita, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.; Chicago; and Detroit will see snow. The Front Range of Colorado, northwest Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, northern Missouri, and portions of the Great Lakes region will see some snow.

There will likely be travel disruptions on parts of I-80, I-70, I-35, I-29, and I-65.

It’s unclear how much snow the storm will bring, but the Weather Channel estimates six or more inches of snow over the region.

Accuweather.com writes that on Tuesday and Wednesday, the storm will bring mostly rain along the Interstate 95 corridor in the mid-Atlantic, but snow and ice could hit Wednesday in New England.

“A frequent storm track toward the Great Lakes fits into the long-range plan into mid-February, where the most persistent and coldest air gets huddled over the North Central states and brief surges of mild air are pushed northward along the Atlantic Seaboard,” AccuWeather.com Long Range Meteorologist Mark Paquette said.

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